Category Archives: Gospel

How They Got Over: Black Quartets and the Road to Rock’n’Roll

SCREENING: 17th November 2018 at 16:00 LDN – Picturehouse Central Dir. Robert Clem, 2017, USA, 87 mins UK Premiere + Q&A with the director and producer hosted by author Viv Brough In the decades following the Second World War, the … Continue reading

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Trailer: ‘Should’ve Been There’ The Story of The Melody Maker

Directed by: Leslie Ann Coles and starring: Barrie L Wentzell, Ian Anderson, Eric Burdon, Alan Jones, Sonja Kristina, Peter Whitehead  – behind the scenes peek at all the rock ‘n roll legends of the 1970s, as director Leslie Ann Coles … Continue reading

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Battle Ground Korea – Songs And Sounds Of America’s Forgotten War

Box set specialist Bear Family are to releasea four CD set ‘Battleground Korea: Songs and Sounds of America’s Forgotten War’, on March 23rd. Bear Family Records have assembled an impressive four-CD anthology that is part 1950s American soundtrack and part … Continue reading

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The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of UK Record Shops

A new book by Garth Cartwright called ‘Going For A Song’ will explore the history of UK record shops – from the age of the wax cylinder to the days of dubstep and the recent resurgence of vinyl. It will describe … Continue reading

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Detroit Record Man – Joe Von Battle

Joe Von Battle was a self-made man, who followed a well-trod path from the rural South to the urban north during the Great Migration. His Detroit record shop not only sold the sounds of the black South — blues and … Continue reading

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Off The Record Presents: Joe Bussard

Published on 13th January 2017 ‘‘Off The Record Presents’ made this freat short film of the record collector’s version of the pilgrimage to Mecca – to Joe Bussard’s wonderful basement! Joe is the owner of one of the finest collections … Continue reading

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Trailer: How They Got Over – Gospel Quartets

HOW THEY GOT OVER A new feature length documentary about the African-American quartets who traveled the back roads of the Deep South in the 1930s and 40s creating a hard gospel sound and vigorous performing style that foreshadowed doo-wop, rhythm … Continue reading

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Arhoolie Records Go’s To Smithsonian

Since 1960  Arhoolie Records boss Chris Strachwitz has been one of the music world’s best known collectors and record producers of US music styles including blues, country, cajun music, Tex-Mex and and other music styles. Since 1960, Arhoolie has released … Continue reading

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Trailer: All Things Must Pass – Tower Records

Established in 1960, Tower Records was once a retail powerhouse with two hundred stores, in thirty countries, on five continents. From humble beginnings in a small-town drugstore, Tower Records eventually became the heart and soul of the music world, and … Continue reading

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Knoxville Stomp Festival, May 5th – 8th

In 1929 and 1930, a series of recording sessions  which produced over 100  released tracks of blues, country, jazz, and gospel music, along with other tracks that went unissued were waxed at Knoxville’s St. James Hotel, on Union Avenue which … Continue reading

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